election http://kvpr.org en On the Way to November Ballot, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Hits Funding Hurdle http://kvpr.org/post/way-november-ballot-fresno-chaffee-zoo-hits-funding-hurdle <div><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:20:21 +0000 Kerry Klein 33773 at http://kvpr.org On the Way to November Ballot, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Hits Funding Hurdle New "Top Two" Election System Causes Problems For Smaller Political Parties http://kvpr.org/post/new-top-two-election-system-causes-problems-some-political-parties <p></p><p><em>Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on the impact of California's new top-two election reform.</em></p><p>When California voters approved Proposition 14 in 2010, supporters hailed it as a way to make many races for Congress, the Legislature and state offices more competitive, thanks to a new top-two election system.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:09:54 +0000 Joe Moore 7379 at http://kvpr.org New "Top Two" Election System Causes Problems For Smaller Political Parties Electoral Reforms Led to More Close Races, Experts Say http://kvpr.org/post/electoral-reforms-led-more-close-races-experts-say <p>Now that the dust has settled after this month's general election, political observers from across the state are busy examining the results to see just what effect California's efforts at redistricting and electoral reform had in their first full test at the ballot box. Valley Public Radio's Joe Moore reports that in same cases, the result is too close to call.&nbsp;</p><p>For most California voters, the trip to the ballot box this November looked much like it always has, albeit with longer lines at some polling places and a record number of "vote by mail" ballots.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 01:02:46 +0000 Joe Moore 7121 at http://kvpr.org Electoral Reforms Led to More Close Races, Experts Say Fresno County Voters Approve Library Tax Renewal, While Measure O Trails http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-voters-approve-library-tax-renewal-while-measure-o-trails <p></p><p>A sales tax that for over a decade has helped fund much of the budget for the Fresno County Public Library system appears to be headed to approval.&nbsp;</p><p>While some absentee ballots remain to be counted, Measure B holds a lead of 72-percent to 28-percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. That's well above the two-thirds vote required for passage.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:55:20 +0000 Joe Moore 6537 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County Voters Approve Library Tax Renewal, While Measure O Trails Proposition 38: Molly Munger's Tax Initative http://kvpr.org/post/proposition-38-molly-mungers-tax-initative <p>Californians will soon decide whether they want to increase taxes to support public schools. Our election 2012 coverage continues with a report on Proposition 38.</p><p>If you watch TV in California, you’ve probably seen the commercials. They’ve aired in every major market.</p><p>Prop 38 would raise about 10 billion dollars a year for K-12 schools starting in 2013, by taxing all but the poorest Californians. Behind the TV ads and Proposition 38 is wealthy civil rights attorney Molly Munger.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:34:13 +0000 Amy Quinton 5651 at http://kvpr.org Proposition 37: Genetically Modified Foods http://kvpr.org/post/proposition-37-genetically-modified-foods <p></p><div><p>In November Californians will decide whether to require that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients say so on the package.&nbsp; On its face Proposition 37 seems like a simple addition to a label, but it could have much broader ramifications.&nbsp;</p></div><div><p>Stacy Malkan with the group supporting Prop 37 says consumers have the right to know what's in the food they're eating.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:18:34 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 5588 at http://kvpr.org Proposition 36: Changes to 'Three Strikes' Law http://kvpr.org/post/proposition-36-changes-three-strikes-law <p></p><p>A challenge to California’s “Three Strikes” sentencing law is on the ballot this fall with Proposition 36.&nbsp; Proponents say some felonies should not result in life in prison.&nbsp; Opponents say a change in the law would allow dangerous &nbsp;criminals to be released. &nbsp;</p><p>The proposition lists felonies that would qualify as a serious or violent crime - or 'strike' - and would make a defendant eligible for a life sentence.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:44:49 +0000 Bob Moffit 5585 at http://kvpr.org Proposition 36: Changes to 'Three Strikes' Law Proposition 34: Death Penalty Repeal http://kvpr.org/post/proposition-34-death-penalty-repeal <p>Our series on the initiatives Californians will be voting on next month continues with a look at Proposition 34, which&nbsp;would repeal the death penalty.</p><p>Both sides of the capital punishment debate actually see eye to eye on one thing – the current system isn’t working.</p><p>“We haven’t put somebody to death in six years. It is simply a broken system that’s wasted $4 billion or $5 billion," says Steve Smith with the Yes on 34 campaign.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 19:29:49 +0000 Steve Milne 5313 at http://kvpr.org Proposition 34: Death Penalty Repeal Proposition 33: Auto Insurance Premiums http://kvpr.org/post/proposition-33-auto-insurance-premiums <p>We continue our look at next month’s California election ballot with Proposition 33. It would change state laws on auto insurance premiums.</p><p>If you’ve been with the same car insurance company for five-straight years or more, you’re probably getting some type of “continuous coverage” discount. But let’s say you wanted to switch to a different company. Right now in California, you can’t take that discount with you.</p><p>“Prop 33 would allow consumers to shop that discount to competing carriers," says&nbsp;Rachel Hooper, who is with the Yes on Prop 33 campaign.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 17:00:20 +0000 Steve Milne 5239 at http://kvpr.org Proposition 33: Auto Insurance Premiums Proposition 32: Union and Corporate Political Donations http://kvpr.org/post/proposition-32-union-and-corporate-political-donations <p>Proposition 32 would ban direct campaign contributions from unions and corporations, and ban automatic paycheck deductions for political purposes. But rarely do two competing sides disagree so sharply about a measure’s impact.</p><p>Supporters say it would level California’s political playing field by clamping down on special interest money. John Kabateck is with the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small business advocacy group.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 22:26:35 +0000 Ben Adler 5203 at http://kvpr.org Proposition 30: Gov. Brown's Tax Initiative http://kvpr.org/post/proposition-30-gov-browns-tax-initiative <p>Election Day is still weeks away, but voting in California actually begins this week as counties send out vote-by-mail ballots. Today, we kick off our look at the 11 statewide measures Californians will decide this fall – and we begin with Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:03:15 +0000 Ben Adler 5177 at http://kvpr.org Proposition 30: Gov. Brown's Tax Initiative Registering To Vote Will Soon Be Paperless for Californians http://kvpr.org/post/registering-vote-will-soon-be-paperless-californians <p>Californians can soon register to vote completely online. Paperless registration will be available to anyone who has a California driver’s license or ID.</p><p>Since 2009 Californians have been able to go online and fill out a form as part of the voter registration process. But signatures had to be mailed or delivered to county elections officials. Secretary of State Debra Bowen will soon roll out the next step, which would allow Californians who have a driver’s license or ID to hit “send” at the end of their online form.</p> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 00:55:01 +0000 Amy Quinton 3990 at http://kvpr.org Brown's Prop 30 is Focus as Campaign Season Kicks Off http://kvpr.org/post/browns-prop-30-focus-campaign-season-kicks <p>It’s often said that Labor Day marks the traditional kickoff to campaign season.&nbsp; And as California voters begin to turn their attention now to the 11 statewide ballot measures this fall, one initiative is by far drawing the most attention.</p><p>Proposition 30 is Governor Jerry Brown’s bid to raise the sales and income taxes to help close the state’s festering budget deficit. The governor has a big fundraising advantage – and he’s managed to keep some powerful opponents on the sidelines. Mark DiCamillo runs the non-partisan Field Poll, and he says Prop 30 holds a steady lead.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:00:06 +0000 Ben Adler 3311 at http://kvpr.org Brown's Prop 30 is Focus as Campaign Season Kicks Off California Governor Kicks Off Campaign to Raise Taxes http://kvpr.org/post/california-governor-kicks-campaign-raise-taxes <p>Governor Jerry Brown says Californians have two choices; vote yes on Proposition 30 in November, or see schools and higher education lose billions of dollars. The Governor kicked off the campaign for his tax initiative in front of a Sacramento high school.</p><p>Governor Brown says his tax initiative is needed to stave off deep budget cuts, which could include shortening the school year by three weeks. The November ballot measure would increase sales taxes by a quarter cent for four years and increase taxes for seven years on those who make more than $250,000 dollars annually.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:07:01 +0000 Amy Quinton 2388 at http://kvpr.org California Governor Kicks Off Campaign to Raise Taxes California Ballot Measures Committees Raise $84 Million http://kvpr.org/post/california-ballot-measures-committees-raise-84-million <p>A new analysis shows that campaign committees already are spending millions of dollars on propositions for California&rsquo;s November&rsquo;s ballot.&nbsp;The analysis, by the Fair Political Practices Commission, shows by the end of June, committees had raised more than $84 million to fight or support the 11 ballot measures.</p><p>The Commission&rsquo;s report looked at donors who gave $10,000 or more. While the state limits what an individual donor can give state candidates, there are no limits on the amount of money committees can contribute to ballot measures.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 02:09:39 +0000 Amy Quinton 1802 at http://kvpr.org DOJ Takes Merced County Off Voting Rights Act List http://kvpr.org/post/doj-takes-merced-county-voting-rights-act-list <p>The US Department of Justice announced this morning that it has reached an agreement with Merced County that will let election officials there avoid the process of having to clear many voting decisions with the federal government.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:41:09 +0000 Joe Moore 1288 at http://kvpr.org DOJ Takes Merced County Off Voting Rights Act List On Valley Edition: Election Preview; Attachment Parenting; Arte Americas http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-election-preview-attachment-parenting-arte-americas <p>This week on Valley Edition, we preview the upcoming June primary election and talk about this year&#39;s ballot measures and candidates. We also debate the pros and cons of attachment parenting with moms and with an expert in child development. And finally we get a preview of this year&#39;s Nights in the Plaza Friday night concert series at Arte Americas in Fresno.</p><p><strong>On Valley Edition May 15, 2012:</strong></p> Tue, 15 May 2012 20:46:38 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1140 at http://kvpr.org Prop 28 Would Change Term Limits http://kvpr.org/post/prop-28-would-change-term-limits <p>Currently, California lawmakers can serve a total of fourteen years: six in the Assembly, and eight in the Senate. Nick Schroeder from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst&rsquo;s Office says Prop 28 would allow a legislator to serve up to twelve years.</p><p>&ldquo;Fundamentally, what this measure does is it allows a person to serve more years in one house, either in the Assembly or Senate but fewer total years in the legislature&hellip;&rdquo;</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 16:57:22 +0000 Jenny O'Mara 1512 at http://kvpr.org